TOP EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN ONTARIO

Located in eastern Canada, Ontario is the second largest province in Canada and is home to several of Canada’s biggest museums, galleries and libraries, as well as world famous attractions like Niagara Falls. Main cities include Toronto, both the capital of Ontario and the largest city, and Ottawa, the capital of Canada.

Top events and festivals in Ontario include: (in alphabetical order)


Canadian Aboriginal Festival
end November
Hamilton, Ontario (ON)


The critically acclaimed Canadian Aboriginal Festival is the largest multi-discipline Aboriginal event in North America, bringing together Aboriginal peoples from every corner of Canada and the United States to demonstrate their talents in dance, music, cuisine, arts and crafts and more. 

Click here for more details about the Canadian Aboriginal Festival in Hamilton visit the official web site at www.canab.com/













Canada Day
July 01
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Attracting hundreds of thousands of people from all over Canada, this celebration of Canada’s birthday at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill and other locations in the surrounding areas includes concerts, picnics, fireworks, street performances, midway rides and games, helicopter rides, pony rides, petting zoo, car show, and a beer tent. Admission to the festival is free!

Click here for more details about Canada Day in Canada’s Capital Region or visit the web site at http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/canadaday/






Canadian National Exhibition - CNE
August
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

With fun for the whole family, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada’s largest annual community event and the fifth largest event in North America. Attracting more than 1.3 million visitors each year revelers come for the entertainment, midway rides and games, parades, exhibits and daily Mardi Gras parade and the three-day Canadian International Air Show.

Click here for more details about the Canadian National Exhibition or visit the official web site at www.theex.com/






Canadian Tulip Festival
May
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Recently named as one of the Top 10 Events to visit in Canada, the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over North America, Europe and Asia and has become the world’s largest Tulip Festival, with events covering more than 18 days, showcasing over 3 million tulips throughout Canada’s Capital Region.

Click here for more details about the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa or visit the official web site at www.tulipfestival.ca






Caribana
end July
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

The Scotiabank Caribana Festival is an exciting three-week cultural festival of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry and visual and performing arts culminating in the spectacle of Parade Day on the Lakeshore with a kaleidoscope of music, colourful costumes, theatrical masquerade band displays, steel bands, and mouth-watering feasts of Caribbean cuisine, culminating in the popular Scotiabank Caribana Parade.

Click here for more details about Caribana or visit the official Caribana web site at http://www.caribanafestival.com






LG Fashion Week
end March / beginning April
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris takes place at the end of March / beginning of April in Canada’s fashion capital of Toronto and brings together media, industry, buyers and consumers to view the season’s collections in what has now become the second largest Fashion Week in North America, commanding the respect of the international fashion family.

Visit the official LG Fashion Week web site at www.lgfashionweek.ca






Luminato - Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity
June
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

For ten days each year in June, the five-year old Luminato, the Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, transforms the stages, streets and public spaces of Toronto with theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature, food, visual arts, fashion, film, food and design.

Click here for more details about Luminato - The Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity or visit the official Luminato web site at www.luminato.com





Pride Toronto
end June
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

The ten-day Toronto's Pride Week is a celebration of the city's gay, lesbian and queer communities and heritage, and is one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, and one of Toronto’s main events of the year attracting more than 1.2 million visitors and earning the city over $135 million in revenue.

Click here for more details about Toronto's Pride Week or visit the official web site at www.pridetoronto.com






Shaw Festival
April to end October
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (ON)


Renowned internationally for single-handedly revitalizing and re-energizing the works of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival is the only theatre in the world that specializes exclusively in plays by George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries, and in plays about the period of Shaw’s lifetime, as well as Victorian works and musicals.

Click here for more details about the Shaw Festival or visit the official web site at www.shawfest.com






Stratford Shakespeare Festival
June to end October
Stratford, Ontario (ON)

One of the most important arts festivals in Canada, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival is an internationally recognized annual celebration of theatre running from April to November in Stratford. Bringing the works of William Shakespeare (and others) to life on 4 stages, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival is known worldwide for its productions.

Click here for more details about the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford or visit the official web site at http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/






Toronto International Film Festival
September
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, and is now recognized as the most important film festival after Cannes, attracting more than 500,000 movie lovers to view over 350 films from 64 countries screened at approximately 37 screens in downtown Toronto venues.

Click here for more details about the Toronto International Film Festival or visit the official TIFF web site at : http://tiff.net/






TD Toronto Jazz Festival
end March / beginning April
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is recognized as one of North America’s premier jazz festivals. It is endorsed by the Toronto City Council, supported by local jazz artists and big jazz talent from all over the world to locations in and around Toronto.

Click here for more details about the TD Toronto Jazz Festival or visit the official web site at http://torontojazz.com/






Winter Festival of Lights
November, December and January
Niagara Falls, Ontario (ON)

Featuring more than 120 spectacular illuminations, including the world-famous Enchantment of Disney® displays, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights attracts more than one million people annually to Niagara Falls, Ontario, and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Internationally Known Events in North America by the American Bus Association.

Click here for more details about the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls or visit the official web site at www.wfol.com





Winterlude
early February
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

The annual Winterlude festival held in Canada’s capital city celebrates winter with a host of outdoor activities including public skating and skating displays, ice sculpture competitions, musical concerts, children's play areas, largest ice playground, an 'ice lounge', and numerous off-site events.

Click here for more details about Winterlude in Ottawa or visit the official Winterlude web site at www.canadascapital.gc.ca/winterlude/








Top events and festivals in Ontario

• Canadian Aboriginal Festival
• Canada Day
• Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
• Canadian Tulip Festival
• Caribana
• Luminato - Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity (TIFF)
• Pride Toronto
• Shaw Festival
• Stratford Shakespeare Festival
• Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
• Toronto Jazz Festival
• Winter Festival of Lights
• Winterlude



Other Provinces

• Alberta
• British Columbia
• Manitoba
• New Brunswick
• Newfoundland & Labrador
• Nova Scotia
• Ontario
• Prince Edward Island
• Quebec
• Saskatchewan



Territories

• Northwest Territories
• Nunavut
• Yukon







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